Tropes pertaining to the many Nintendo characters (and others) as they appear in Brawl in the Family.
His personality remains practically the same as the anime's rendition, however Kirby has gained the ability to talk and fails to eat as much (after the first 50 comics or so, at least).
- Adorkable: Sometimes in the comics that show him and Jigglypuff together. "Table Etiquette" is a good example.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The end of "The Sleepover, Part 4".
- Big Brother Instinct/The Chessmaster: Got Meta Knight banned from Smash Bros. for the sole sake of keeping Dedede safe.
- Big Eater: Naturally. Though not as much as in the games and such, since the comics have mostly tried to focus less on just "Kirby eats something" jokes.
- Cheerful Child: If you interpret Kirby as a child.
- Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally. For example, during the "A Mushroom Kingdom Carol" arc:Mario: Gee, there sure are some ugly people here.Kirby: Uh, this is the present. People can still hear you.
- Extreme Omnivore: Naturally.
- The Hero
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: During the Sleepover arc, he gets overexcited about the sleepover with Dedede and suggests all sorts of things they can do, such as doing their nails, gossiping, and having pillow fights.
- Manipulative Bastard: But probably one of the most well-meaning ones around. For instance, he tricks Dedede into saying "I love you" so that Kirby has an excuse to hug him, and he impersonates Meta Knight to trick other people to hug the real thing.
- Motor Mouth: "The Sleepover, Part 2" Also, before that, The "Dededoll"'s debut and the Smash-Up "TV Store".
- Mysterious Past: Unlike the other characters who've had focus, where Kirby came from and how and why he became a hero is left unsaid. All that's known is that according to Meta Knight he first appeared when Dedede began stealing all the food and his arrival heralded a sudden shift in the balance of power in Dreamland.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: He can tell really scary stories, see Take Our Word for It below.
- Original Generation: In-universe, at least. As implied by the Cocoon Academy storyline.
- The Quiet One: Zig-zagged; he alternates between talking as much as other characters, talking very little (such as saying only one word in a strip), and not talking at all.
- Swallowed Whole: This is how he eats. It's implied that it's physically harmless, if mentally traumatizing, for the target in the long run.
- Take Our Word for It: His turn at the scary story Round Robin. It must've been horrifying, if the others' reactions are a clue.
- Visual Pun: He ate a Gordo and now he's gordo. Meta Knight even lampshades it before it even happens.
Dedede keeps the Jerkass personality from the anime, however here he comes off as close friends to Meta Knight, Kirby, and Adeleine; a Call-Back to Crystal Shards, where the last two were partners. A 10-Part comic, Cocoon Academy, reveals that he and Meta Knight were friends when they were children, which explains why Meta Knight never did anything to stop Dedede.
- Adaptational Heroism: While Dedede was never particularly evil in the games, Brawl In the Family gave him a origin story that explains how he managed to become a self-centered Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Ambition Is Evil: Ganondorf taught Dedede that ambition was a heroic trait, and apparently he took this to heart.
- The Big Guy: Most of the time, especially in Return to Dreamland comics.
- Butt-Monkey, when Luigi's not around.
- Crossover Ship: With Samus, though the feeling is not mutual.
- Also with a Prinplup in the Holiday Vacation arc. It too isn't mutual because it only used an Attraction move and was seeing a Ditto.
- Deadpan Snarker: He does this more than anyone else, although to be fair, Meta Knight isn't around half the time.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Apart from eating everything, no one's sure why Dedede's after Kirby; apart from regular bouts and game-wise Brawling. As for Christmas, he steals everything from the Brawlers for the same reason the Grinch did... every year.
- Drop the Hammer
- Enemy Mine: Tries to pull this with Meta Knight to get Kirby, though Meta Knight often doesn't care.
- Everything's Better with Royal, Blue Penguins
- Jerkass: One of the differences between him and Kirby.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: However, he seems to actually care about Kirby and consider him a friend to an extent; a few comics imply (or outright show) that the two hang out often at each other's houses, and in comic 416 he's shown being pretty nice to Kirby and walking away with him.
- Not So Different: Told by Meta Knight that he and Kirby are not very different when you get down to it.
- Only Sane Man: Granted, most characters get this, but it's usually King Dedede who reacts this way to the "cuteness" around him.
- Pokémon Speak: From Red's perspective.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: If his royalty is legitimate, that is.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: His relationship with Kirby could be seen this way.
- Start of Darkness: When he discovered his ability for commanding others in the Cocoon Academy arc.
- Unknown Rival: To Kirby, who treats him as a friend.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to have a Type 2 relationship with Meta Knight. Also with Kirby, but Kirby treats him as a regular friend rather than this.
He has little patience for jokes here, and he doesn't actually want to have friends. However, forcefully, he's become friends with the other main characters.
- 24-Hour Armor: If you don't count him removing his mask when he sleeps.
- Brought Down to Badass: He used to have powers similar to Kirby, but he lost them during the cocoon academy arc. Though given how he turned out, he seems to have coped just fine.
- The Comically Serious: As his profile states, he does not joke or fool around... much.
- He does pull a prank on Dedede once or twice, showing that he definitely does have a sense of humor. He just doesn't use it much.
- Covered with Scars: His face; from Dedede's "Gooey Bomb prank". They appear to have vanished by the time of the final arc.
- Deadpan Snarker: Rivals Dedede in this respect.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Pinky. Wasn't embarrassing at first, though.
- Homeless Hero: For a knight whose best friend/ally has a castle, Meta Knight always sleeps in the woods.
- No Name Given: Meta Knight is an alias. As is Pinky.
- Only Sane Man: One of the most normal characters, though his cartoonish need for privacy doesn't put him completely in the territory of this trope.
- Scars Are Forever: His blue complexion, as well as some unseen scars from a certain gooey bomb incident. The latter incident seems to have been averted towards the end of the comic.
- The Smart Guy: In Return to Dreamland comics.
- Start of Darkness: Sort of, when he turned blue after fighting Dark Matter.
- The Stoic
- The Un Reveal: When he removes his mask. Up until the Cocoon Academy arc, that is. We also get to see him in full during the final arc of the comic.
- Art Initiates Life
- Ascended Extra: Considering her small role in the actual series... This is lampshaded at least once.
- Cheerful Child
- Help, I'm Stuck!: Subverted in the Gooey Bomb arc; while Meta Knight and Dedede are glued to her canvas, she willingly sticks around, even if she isn't stuck to the Gooey Bomb herself.
- O.C. Stand-in: While few of the characters got much characterization in the games, Canon!Adeleine is even less developed than Meta Knight, Dedede, or even Kirby himself. Not so in BiTF.
- Out of Focus: For a good while she didn't appear as constantly as before, partially due to a combination of less Kirby-centric comics and Jigglypuff getting more screentime. Lampshaded during the Dream Land arc, where due to not canonically appearing during the game, she's instead shown waiting at home for any word from Kirby and the others.
- Ship Tease: She called Meta Knight sweet at the end of the Cocoon Academy story arc, also asking him to show how handsome he truly is as early as their second real appearance together.note
- Strengthened by the fact that the two have appeared as a pair more times◊ than you'd◊ think. note
- Volume 3 of the books turns it into full-on Shipping, Matthew apparently having the ship grow on him:Matthew Taranto (2012): ...Nor do I intend on having her and Meta Knight going out or whatever! Continued
- If that picture isn't enough, read on: By the end of the 10-page poem in said book, Adeleine has successfully retrieved Meta Knight's mask from a well (presumably dedicating most of the night to the task). Then, she also paints "To my pal, love Adeleine" on the inside. And it isn't meant for a gag, as comic 55 - "Nap". Don't get it? Meta Knight's reaction? He is ecstatic, fully understanding and fine with the message being there for the rest of his life, him only needing to shift his gaze up or down to see it. Or, as the exact text says... Needless to say, if something like that happens, you know you're witnessing a big ship.
- Precocious Crush: Considering he's a generation older than her. meta-note
- The Smurfette Principle: One of the few prominent female characters, and for a long time one the only female character to get a profile.
- Volumetric Mouth: At the end of "Doppelgangers".
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Her optimism is how she's able to consider Dedede a friend, despite actually being aware of his tendencies (unlike Kirby, who's just oblivious).
- Blade on a Stick
- Evil Overlord: In the Plunderful Life arc.
- Mook: Acts as one for Dedede, even back when they were kids in school.
- MookFace Turn: Implied in the Turnabout Kirby arc.
- New Transfer Student: How he was introduced midway through the Cocoon Academy arc.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Gave Meta Knight evidence during the Turnabout Kirby arc against Dedede; done out of revenge for when he was used to pull a sleigh in "How the King Stole Christmas".
- Butt-Monkey: It's not as often or as obvious as his brother, but he definitely counts.
- Determinator: He's willing to save the princess at any cost, even if he has to relive his life six or seven times.
- Good Is Not Nice: Played with. While he comes across as a nice guy overall, he still (mostly unknowingly) does mean things in the name of heroism.
- The Hero
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: He has his moments.
- He's Back: Near the end of the Mushroom Kingdom Carol arc.
- Irony: Was a total nerd in school while Luigi was going out with Peach. Yes, that implies Luigi had his shadow cast over Mario.
- Resurrective Immortality: He has to earn subsequent lives though, and he relives each life from birth.
- Supporting Protagonist: The comic's primarily about Kirby, but Mario tends to have his own heroic things to do.
- Took a Level in Badass: When he got the bright idea to spin Bowser as he breathes fire in order to kill more Dark Matter, winning Peach's affection. And Eario's affection. Then he took another level as an old man to defeat Bowser Junior.
- Unwanted Assistance: He's been described as helping others especially when they don't want him to.
- Butt-Monkey: It's a joke that he could exist for this sole reason. Even he knows it.
- Future Badass
- Garfunkel: To Mario's Simon.
- Irony: See Mario's entry.
- The Juggernaut: In the Zelda universe, he just jumps on everything in his way, and uses a Star power-up to run right through Ganondorf.
- Rated M for Manly: His seven-years-older self.
- Screaming Warrior: When using a Star. Especially if he rips off his shirt beforehand. RAAAAA—!
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Luigi's Holiday Vacation. Luigi goes to Hyrule for a fresh start and a chance to be a hero. He gets mistaken for Link due to his green clothes, gets the Master Sword, fights bosses, defeats Ganon, and becomes the new Hero of Time and saves Hyrule. His Butt-Monkey status is finally defied.
- Especially prevalent because this was the fourth part of a small series where various characters went to other worlds for vacations, and Luigi's was the only one where something bad didn't happen.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: In Comic 510, everything goes Luigi's way for once... well, almost everything. After Luigi announced himself as finally being number 1, a blue shell flies towards him.
- The Big Guy: In youth, during the battle against Dark Matter.
- Disproportionate Retribution: It's said that nowadays he kidnaps Peach just because he's mad at Mario for beating him in the spin-off games.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Depicted with one on his character profile.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: Literally and parodied at the same time.
- The Man Behind the Man: In the Mushroom Kingdom Carol arc.
- Ambiguous Gender: It's technically supposed to be unknown what gender Jigglypuff is (despite Kirby's attraction), but it's heavily implied to be female.
- Crossover Ship: With Kirby.
- Distaff Counterpart: The physical similarities between her and Kirby are said to be a possible reason they got together.
- Flower in Her Hair
- Satellite Character: She usually only appears because there needs to be a comic about her and Kirby showing affection for one another. She hasn't appeared otherwise.
- Birds of a Feather: Flocks to Kirby since they're both cheerful, childlike, and energetic.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Speaks only in primate language, but was still chosen by Kirby literally to be his lawyer.
- Cheerful Child
- Demoted to Extra: His cameo in strip 553 was his first appearance in years.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys
- Out of Focus
- Silent Snarker: In the Turnabout Kirby arc, he has a hilariously deadpan expression on his face when the judge asks if he has anything to say. The judge apparently completely understands him.
- Anti-Hero: On occasion, he can come off as different types.
- Black Sheep: His CDI counterpart.
- Destructive Savior: The Image Source.
- Heroic Mime: It's implied that he wants to speak more, but Navi doesn't let him.
- Kleptomaniac Hero: Exaggerated Trope. Link is already a good example of this in canon, but the comic presents him as being so obsessed with breaking pots for rupees that he ruins a date with Malon by smashing all the pots in her house.
- Legacy Character: Has appeared as a few different versions of himself, but mostly as his adult form from Ocarina of Time.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Accidentally creates many extra suns and moons by overplaying the Sun's Song. And before that, he destroyed most of Hyrule to save Zelda.
- Silent Snarker
- Slasher Smile: Pulls off a really effective one when he's about to shut Navi up by eating her.
- Amazon Chaser: Is seeing Samus, whose badassery prompts a "Falcon swoon" on their dinner date.
- Calling Your Attacks: It is portrayed as a downright pathological problem for him. When playing poker he loses, because he can't help but shouting "FALCON BLUFF!" despite trying to suppress it.
- Confess in Confidence: Confessed his sins after Falcon Praying and accidentally destroying his church."FALCON APOLOGIZE!"
- Crossover Ship: With Samus.
- Elemental Punch: Say it with me...
- Large Ham: To say the very least.
- Megaton Punch: The Falcon Punch, obviously.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Has a tendency to break things that he shouldn't, but what really takes the cake is the time he punched Snake, causing him to black out and fail to save the world from something else going on at the time.
- No Indoor Voice
- Religious Bruiser: As his profile puts it, "a confirmed Roman Catholic". He even made his comic debut in church.
- With Catlike Tread: "FALCON SNEAK!"
- Action Girl
- Cross Over Ship: With Captain Falcon. Implied that Dedede has a crush on her too.
- Megaton Punch: She and Captain Falcon deliver a synchronized one to an overly amorous Snake in the "Snake in the Grass" arc. Poor guy never stood a chance.
- Only Sane Woman: Arguably one of the more normal characters in the comic.
- Samus Is a Girl: Despite being the trope namer, it's actually averted here. She's seen out of her Power Suit frequently.
- Played straight to Mega Man, though. Not that Samus is a girl, per se, but that she's a girl human, not a robot.
- Whip It Good: Her preferred method of silencing unruly students, back during the Cocoon Academy arc.
- Ascended Extra: As mentioned before, he got a lot more attention once Kid Icarus: Uprising came out.
- Badass Adorable: He brings this trope over from his home series.
- Boomerang Bigot: In the E3 2011 strip, he says that he hates lefties, even though he's left-handed (or at least ambidextrous).
- Challenge Seeker: He loves using the Intensity Cauldron for even mundane things, such as swinging on a swing set.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Good, of course.
- Luminescent Blush: When Palutena teases him about looking for a date in the newspaper.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Invokes this by pouring loads of hearts into an Intensity Cauldron before riding a swing set.
- Older Than They Look: Lampshaded by the Alt Text when hinting he has a crush on the Wii Fit Trainer. The age difference is too big... Pit is decades older.
- Pun: "I'm afraid you have an enlarged vowel in your heart". He is also the subject of more than one, specifically in reference to the pits that Mario has to deal with.
- Dungeon Maintenance: His job.
- Butt-Monkey: Not as bad as Luigi or Dedede but around there.
- Comically Missing the Point: He's one of the first two to notice that Dark Matter has messily deactivated Cocoon Academy's security system. His response? Clean the mess that the monster made as he was disabling the system.
- Hero-Worshipper: He certainly worships Mario.
- Luke, You Are My Father: Discovers this of himself and Waluigi. Possibly.
- Neat Freak
- Original Character
- Third-Person Person
Kingsonnn DededooA penguin who looks like Dedede and cleans clocks and teeth.
- Deadly Euphemism: Subverted, he says things that sound like this (like "I'm going to CLEAN YOUR CLOCK!") but they turn out to be literal.
- Identical Stranger
- Neat Freak: Both of his major appearances involve cleaning a clock or cleaning teeth.
- Original Character
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Subverted.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: In the "Snake In The Grass" arc. If we were going by Snake as he was portrayed in Brawl, he'd probably be asking Captain Falcon for his autograph instead of trying to steal his date.
- Butt-Monkey: Very much. Also literally. His butt is his most prominent feature.
- Cross Over Ship: Tries to hit on Samus, but ends up getting a Falcon Punch. From both bounty hunters.
- Smoking Is Cool: Deconstructively parodied, it reveals his location to the guards.
- Odd Friendship: With Waluigi.
- Only Sane Man: She's one of the more normal characters.
- Relationship Upgrade: Her relationship with Luigi started out resembling the actual Mario canon's extreme ambiguity. It becomes more explicit over time. By the Christmas '12 strip, she seems to be living with him (or at least has keys to the house). And they're married with a large family in the "Mushroom Kingdom Carol" future.
- Tragically inverted with Waluigi, in the final April Fools comic. She can only take so much, it appears.
- Bad Boss: Puts the Pikmin through deadly situations just to get back his bumper sticker. Though really, it's not much of an exaggeration from the actual games.
- Butt-Monkey: His Pikmin are this as well. Olimar's gotten beaten up by Snake, and thrown off a ledge by his Pikmin. His Pikmin have become salad at one point, got the bumper sticker as mentioned above, and got blown up by Snake's explosives at one point.
Bug CatcherA young Pokemon Trainer who tends to boast and challenge anyone to Pokemon Battles, while actually not being very good at them.
- Boisterous Weakling
- Bratty Half-Pint
- Determinator: He manages to push a Thwomp a good distance just to have him fight.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep"
- Fluffy Tamer: Though the Thwomp he tried to steal was hilariously hostile and aloof and got him caught by Bowser, when the Bug Catcher is saved by Mario and calls it a day, the Thwomp is shown silently watching him leave from a distance, with a single tear leaking out of his eye.
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Sore Loser: "Man, what a cheater..."
- Taught by Experience: He tries to beat Red's team with six Charizards, but fails. Next appearance, he's taking type weaknesses into account. But unfortunately he's also...
- Wrong Genre Savvy: ...traveling in the Mushroom Kingdom, which plays by different rules.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: At the end of "Home" He succeeds in catching an Onix.
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Subverted, but for Ganon. The people of Dream Land don't mind him trying to take over.
- Ambition Is Evil: He teaches young Dedede that ambition is essential to heroism. Given how both of them turn out...
- Brick Joke: In one 2010 Christmas comic, he sings about wanting the Triforce. The next year, Tingle gives him the Triforce at a Secret Santa party.
- Cargo Ship: In-universe. He really seems to have a thing for the Triforce.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Very likely unintentional, but he looks a lot like James Hetfield here.
- Fallen Hero: He really wasn't such a bad guy when he was teaching at Cocoon Academy.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: More like a Bad Angel and Worse Angel.
- Slasher Smile: When he hears that King Dedede's castle is empty, thus available for conquering.
Sonic the Hedgehog
- Always Someone Better: Sonic's title as the Fastest Thing Alive is taken away from him when Mega Man beats him in a race by teleporting.
- Butt-Monkey: Sonic gets even less respect than Luigi, believe it or not.
- Characterisation Marches On: Sonic succeeding in getting into Brawl is rather jarring considering he's been portrayed as a big loser since then.
- Dada Comics: When Sonic appears, things tend to get weird.
- Off-Model: Word of God has stated that The Ren & Stimpy Show is an inspiration for many of Sonic's strips.
- Only Sane Man: Sonic occasionally acts as the straight man for his friends, who are even weirder than he is.
- Take That!: Sonic's new year's resolution for 2012 was to suck less. Word of God states that he liked Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, but the joke was just too good to pass up (Kirby's resolution was to suck more.)
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Sonic expects to get laughed at in the E3 2013 Review Comic, but is instead told that his new game is shaping up nicely.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: He pulled one of these on Mega Man, tricking the Blue Bomber into pricking his finger and dying, thus giving Sonic a spot in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Mega Man got his revenge in a later strip though.
- Made of Iron: Nothing can dent Frederick's armor.
- Memetic Badass: Invoked. Unlike the Frederick of Fire Emblem Awakening, who was simply a Hypercompetent Sidekick to Chrom who served as a Crutch Character, this Frederick is so impossibly badass that the entire weapons triangle loses to him.
- Perpetual Frowner: Always depicted with an overly-serious and menacing grimace.
- Super Strength: Frederick carries a large log into battle, and is strong enough to throw his horse at foes and perform one-handed chokes on them.
- Testosterone Poisoning: He is depicted as exaggeratedly manly for laughs.
Matthew TarantoThe author and artist himself, inserted into his own comics. Seems to only appear in the occasional announcement comic.
- Alliterative Family: He, his siblings, and father all have M names.
- Author Avatar
- Butt-Monkey: Takes some form of abuse or bad luck in all of his appearances so far, except comic 416.
- Happily Married: As of comic 416.
- Jaw Drop: When he sees the comic Dedede made.
- Lazy Bum: In one appearance, he states that he doesn't feel like making comics that week due to it being his birthday, so he passed the job onto his brother, sister, father, and fiancee so he could sleep. Ironically, it ended up being more work trying to get them to make their comics than it did to draw some himself.
- Self-Deprecation: Usually depicted as being lazy, despite being basically the creator of the entire comic.
- Alternate Character Interpretation
- Always Someone Better: Better at chaotic weirdness than the Philips CD-i sprites.
- Back for the Finale: In "Meet Me at Final Destination", Wario brings the Assist Trophy Waluigi was sealed in to Final Destination, and releases him to participate in one final brawl.
- Badass Boast:Waluigi: (after seeing the Phillips CD-i spirits terrorizing everything) Weh. You call this madness? Step aside. Waluigi Time.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Most of his appearances involve him being absolutely insane. However, he is the only one able to drive away the Philips CD-i sprites.
- Big Damn Villains: The aforementioned Philips CD-i strip.
- Breakout Character
- Dada Comics: When he's around.
- Eats Babies
- Exact Words: When he makes a color comic, it's just the purple and white that's used for all of his comics. He says:
- Extreme Omnivore
- Gonk: Played with. While he takes on a more hideous and disgusting form during his takeovers, he takes on a more humanoid appearance whenever he's sad or dejected.
- Hostile Show Takeover: Just see the trope page, Waluigi will explain from there.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Implied. Maybe.
- Luke, You Are My Father: It's debatable if he's truthful, but he reveals this to Eario.
- Mind Screw: He is what happens when you take a Mind Screw and put it on legs.
- Modesty Towel: Depicted with one on his profile page.
- Mood Whiplash: At first, just about all of his appearances are absolutely hilarious because of his Hostile Show Takeover. Then comes his birthday.
- And then Wario and Waluigi comes out and tops that...
- Morton's Fork: Bring him soup he hates? Get soup in the face. Bring him soup he likes? Get soup in the face.
- Noodle People
- Odd Friendship: Daisy's actually able to put up with him.
- Off-Model: Needless to say, this particular interpretation of Waluigi is... exaggerated in appearance. We finally get to see a normal-looking Waluigi in 2014's April Fools' Day gag, after he stops taking over the comic.
- Sealed Waa In A Can: When the other characters get fed up with Waluigi's rampant chaos, which culminated in him and Wario hijacking their games, they seal him inside an Assist Trophy.
- Self-Deprecation: He expresses distaste for Brawl in the Family... in comics written by the creator of said series.
- Take Our Word for It: How he drove away the Philips CD-i spirits.
- Third-Person Person
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: How he drove away the Philips CD-i spirits.